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  • I should be living the dream: I’m healthy, engaged to be married, good family, almost a million in the bank, own my own house but I’m just not. I feel useless at work, I know I react badly to any critical, I go from appearing confident and an annoying know it all to absolutely rock bottom where I know I’m a horrible person…
  • Not being able to wear anything that clung to my belly. I’ve lost 33lbs and now when I hop out of bed in the morning I can wear any jumper or top that I lay my hand on. No more problems with bulges and trying to disguise the flab. Just grab something from the wardrobe and put it on. So much less stressful and mornings are…
  • Cheddar cheese, tomato and lettuce sandwich, a pot of protein yoghurt and a few carrot sticks. Makes me feel like I’ve loads to eat when I open my lunch box, plus it’s filling and low calories. I’ve lost 32 lbs since January and now at goal weight. I don’t believe in no bread or carbs.
  • DO NOT GIVE UP! I went through this too and it’s sooooo demoralising but if you stick with it, the pounds will melt. I’ve lost 2 stone (30lbs) and the tough journey was most definitely worth it. If you give up, you’ll only get bigger. That’s what happened me before. This time I stuck it out; even when I fell off the wagon…
  • It took me 20lbs or so to fit properly into the clothes I had without looking stuffed into them (started at 167, 5 8 uk 12) and then magically only 7lbs after that to drop a size.
  • Just coming back to answer my own question in case anyone is trawling through the threads to find an answer to my original question! At 5 8 and 167 lbs starting out, it took about 20lbs to comfortably fit into uk size 12 clothes, and then suddenly just 7lbs to fit into size 10 clothes. I was absolutely stuffed into size 12…
  • You look so beautiful! Well done on all your hard work: definitely worth the effort. 🥇
  • You’ll get there, trust me. And when you do, you’ll feel so much better. The trick is consistently. Log carefully& weigh everything, make time for some form of exercise (I walk and do a 20minute YouTube low impact workout with Popsugar twice a week) and don’t give in to temptation when you’re tired, feeling down or bored.…
  • That makes sense I guess: darn ageing! I’ll have to dust off the dumbbells, though I loath weights. Just to clarify, if I tried going to 135 I’d still have the ring around my middle?
  • Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to explain this to me. I’ve found it really, really insightful and it has struck a chord. I’m going to continue with the walking but maybe less steps and for shorter periods and add in bits and bobs of resistance. Thanks so very much to everyone who contributed honestly. I feel so…
  • Thanks for the reply, it’s always great to hear another’s take on things. I know it’s terrible to admit, but health and fitness really are secondary to looking good in jeans and not despising my thighs and flabby stomach and hiding away in the summer. Such a vain and entitled attitude I know, but that’s the honest truth. I…
  • You look amazing! Well done: what an inspiration ❤️
  • My aha moment was about a month ago. I’d been eating with wild abandonment since last March: anything and everything. As much chocolate and cake and cheese and mayo as I liked, wine flowing, crisps, biscuits, huge servings of pasta, sandwiches.... anything and anything bar fruit, vegetables or anything remotely healthy. I…
  • Breakfast 1 slice whole grain toast with 1slice of cheddar, tomato, onion and lettuce. Two cups of tea with milk. Lunch: protein yoghurt, 1 slice whole grain bread with 1slice of cheddar, tomato, onion and lettuce, fun size kitkat with tea. Dinner: cauliflower rice, tomato based vegetable stew (onion, 2carrots, red bell…
  • Thanks guys: I think that I’ll just have to wait another while to see any big difference. I’m definitely guilty of buying clothes that were on the small side in the fist place, just to have the smaller tag. Ridiculous I know, but the psychology behind rational is crazy. Maybe in 15 pounds I’ll fit the clothes that I have a…
  • Wow!!! You look a million dollars!
  • Depression is a really tough illness, and in my case, it took me down the road of gaining weight when I sought comfort in junk food and huge portions. I’m not big into training per se, for me walking and getting out in the air helps lift my mood and keeps me focused on eating well. I’m less likely to gorge after spending…
  • People can seem to be very cutting on here sometimes, but it’s often for your own good, if you can get over the initial sting of the comments. The temptation is always there to eat as low as you can, to get to where you want to faster. At the end of the day, we are all adults here and make our own decisions, be they the…
  • Just curious why 3 people have disagreed with me?
  • I’m losing consistently on the following diet if it is any help: breakfast is a bowl of bran flakes with skimmed milk, lunch salad containing lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pickled baby beetroot, gherkins, a banana, low calorie yoghurt and a packet of crackers. Dinner is 3-4 baby potatoes steamed with a blob of red pesto, 3…
  • I’m 5 9, 145lbs and wear a U.K. size 12 jeans: they’re snug to be fair but they fit. I need to lose 5-6lbs more to fit into them comfortably. I hold weight on my stomach even at 138lbs.
  • 1470 if I want to lose 1lb a week.
  • Light activity level I think.
  • Thanks for the reply. I’m probably not pushing myself very hard!
  • I really really feel for you. Without going down the route of I know how you feel and patronizing you, a few things worked for me. I used to stuff myself just like you and feel crap afterwards. I had to stop buying cheese mayonnaise bread and pasta (and regular junk food like pizza, chocolate etc) because when I knew they…
  • You’ll do it Mary. We all have set backs, fall off the wagon for different reasons, but the important thing is to get going again. A wedding is a great motivator: I know you can do it: hard work yes, but it’s the best feeling in the world to slip into a dress that you love, knowing you look good. When I’m out walking or…
  • Good for you Sandy! I’m the same: was on here 6-7 years ago but I’m back!
  • Good for you! It’s hard to get started, but once you do and begin to see results, it’s the best thing in the world. I used to be 208lbs and lost 60 lbs about 6 years ago. I’m now 151lbs but I’m back on this two weeks to get back to 138lbs. Hardest thing is being organized and having a healthy shop done: my downfall was a…
  • I’m using the heart icon on my iPhone: it counts the steps per day and somehow MFP gets the data and converts it to calories. I don’t know how I did that, it seemed to do it itself, but I could have pressed something to agree to it. I’m not great with things like that.
  • It’s complicated enough: my boyfriend’s advice of eat less, move more seems a bit simplistic now😂